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The vaccine mandate for school staff will now extend to non-public school employees, as well.On Thursday, Mayor de Blasio announced that staff at religious and private schools must show proof of a first shot by Dec. 20. The new policy will af…

New York City Department of Education Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter confirmed on Thursday that she will be ending her tenure at the DOE come the end of the de Blasio administration.“Since March, I have had the honor of a lifetime to serve as …

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Linda Miranti decorated most of her house for Christmas already but now she does not know if she will be able to have her family over for the holidays, or if she will even be there herself, because of a strong stench that has filled her home …

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On the first night of Chanukah, a large menorah in Hollis Hills was knocked over and several of its lights broken. Jewish leaders suspected it was an act of anti-Semitic vandalism, but police told the Chronicle that it was most likely due to …

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Miss out on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but still holding out hope to get great deals on holiday gifts? Then the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District’s ’Tis the Season on Jamaica Avenue events on Dec. 4 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.…

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City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi was direct on Monday when asked about the possibility of Covid-19’s Omicron variant showing up in the city.“[W]e believe it will be a matter of days before Omicron is detected in the United States, an…

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PS/IS 87 in Middle Village ushered in the holidays on Nov. 23 with its annual Thanksgiving parade. Students marched around the block with banners and costumes celebrating the numerous ethnic cultures of the school’s students; along with an es…

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More than 450 families were served the day before Thanksgiving at the Ozone Park Pantry with an event hosted by the Cityline Ozone Park Civilian Patrol, which has been organizing the site for the past year and a half.Turkeys, produce, stuffin…

The 15th kid-friendly Holidays on the Avenue festival will be held on Dec. 11 at Rufus King Park from 2 to 6 p.m. At least 100 children ages 1 to 14 are expected to attend the event.“I look forward to Holidays on the Avenue because it marks t…

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There are two trees within a block from one another in Whitestone that neighbors fear are on the brink of falling, but the Parks Department says neither is at immediate risk.Both have been given a priority rating C for removal and have been i…

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Elected officials are working with the city Human Resources Administration and HeartShare, a nonprofit, to aid residents in need of help with their heating bills.“My office is working with nonprofit HeartShare and NYC HRA to offer assistance …

The Thanksgiving season inspires many groups to lead community food drives, but Queensborough Community College has been providing aid to the food insecure throughout the entire year.The Bayside college hosted a Thanksgiving food distribution…

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Grand larceny of automobiles has doubled locally in recent weeks and theft of automobile parts has ticked up as well.From Nov. 22 to Nov. 28, there were 13 car thefts in the 106th Precinct, which covers Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Lindenwoo…

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A ribbon cutting is expected on Dec. 11 at 12 p.m. for the return of Jamaica Avenue’s landmarked street clock.The timepiece, which was erected in 1900, was sent to the Electric Time Co. studio in Medfield, Mass. to receive a full repair and h…

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When a constituent called state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) about discarded drug paraphernalia littering a road near her home, he decided to check it out for himself.“I went down to a street off of Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park …

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Astoria is slated to be the southern terminus of what Gov. Hochul is calling the two largest energy projects in the state in half a century.Hochul announced Tuesday that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has finaliz…

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The Home Depot and Jamaica Center Business Improvement District have teamed up to add some holiday flair to the Downtown area throughout November by adding decorations to storefronts.Last month, volunteers from The Home Depot, located at 92-3…

The holiday season kicks off in Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Howard Beach this weekend with Christmas tree lightings that will be sure to spread cheer all month long and decorate street corners from Cross Bay Boulevard to Jamaica …

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A 61-year-old Asian woman was left in critical condition after being attacked by a man wielding a “large rock,” police said.Elisaul Perez has been charged by the District Attorney after allegedly striking GuiYing Ma in the head with a rock wh…

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Constituents have been expecting it for a while, but Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Nassau, Suffolk, Queens) officially announced his candidacy for governor Nov. 29.“Everything I have done in my career has prepared me for this particular job at this part…

A Ridgewood man has been sentenced to 19 months in federal prison for threatening to harm and murder United States senators and members of the House of Representatives two days after the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.B…

The Consulate of Barbados hosted its annual Independence Thanksgiving Service at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Hollis on Nov. 28.The momentous occasion was extra special this year because it served as both a celebration of Barbados’ 55th …

Three Queens men took a page out of Danny Ocean’s book and orchestrated an “elaborate ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ style plot” to rob a West Babylon warehouse of hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise, the Queens District Attorney’s Office said.…

The Queens County GOP announced last week that Keith Sullivan, a lawyer from Rockaway, has been appointed a Republican commissioner of the city Board of Elections.Sullivan is a lifelong resident of the Rockaways and a partner at Sullivan &…

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Attorney General Tish James announced on Nov. 23 that she is leading a tri-state coalition in calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten controls on air pollution from heavy-duty trucks because of nitrogen oxide emissions…

Commissioner Jonnel Doris of the city’s Department of Small Business Services paid a visit to Ridgewood last week on Small Business Saturday.At top, Doris, left, and Ted Renz, right, executive director of the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvemen…

Main Street Radiology honored its original CEO, Dr. William G. Wolff, with the dedication of the Karen and William Wolff Women’s Imaging Center.Dr. Wolff’s radiology career started in 1976 when he joined Radiology Associates of Main Street. I…

Queens families who were displaced due to flooding from Hurricane Ida have been granted an extension to remain in the Radisson JFK Hotel instead of being forced to relocate to Brooklyn.“Great news! After much advocacy, [the mayor and his Comm…

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More than a year after the passing of Archie Spigner, also known as the Godfather of Queens, the Dean or the Kingmaker of Eastern and Southeast Queens, Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) has introduced legislation to rename St. Albans Pa…

The Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Queens Council on the Arts are sponsoring a free Celebrate Winter Latin jazz concert featuring the Chembo Corniel Quintet at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.The group is led by Grammy-nominated percussio…

Student journalists at the prestigious Townsend Harris High School helped expose teacher and baseball coach Joseph Canzoneri, who allegedly engaged in “numerous inappropriate acts,” involving having sexual intercourse with a former student wh…

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Since all school staff have been required to get vaccinated, the amount of in-school Covid-19 testing has all but ceased for building personnel, according to city data.On Tuesday, only 26 teachers were tested citywide, compared to 6,661 students.

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The Dawoodi Bohras of New York, a Muslim community originating from India, held a parade in St. Albans on Thanksgiving that coincided with the birthday of their spiritual leader — His Holiness Dr. Syedna Muffadal Saifuddin — on Nov. 25.The pa…

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Michael Henry, a commercial litigation attorney from Astoria, is running for the state Attorney General’s Office.Henry, a Republican candidate, is campaigning to tackle crime, corruption and the coronavirus crisis.

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Police discovered a dead man on the Long Island Expressway Nov. 27.The unidentified man was found at 3:30 p.m. on the eastbound roadway at Exit 23. The exit lies beneath a pedestrian walkway over the highway, which connects 136th Street in Qu…

Andrew Fontanetta, a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, recently was honored on Nov. 23 for having driven more than 1 million miles in his 30-year career without a traffic accident.Fontanetta was recognized by USPS leadershi…

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Bishop Robert Brennan on Tuesday was installed as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn at a Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, and Archbis…

All that was missing was the snow.Auxiliary police officers from the NYPD’s 104th Precinct on Nov. 27 posed for a photo with a tourist who was visiting New York City from up north.

The state Attorney General’s Office has secured $5.1 million against Park Avenue Stem Cell Clinic, an assumed name for Image Plastic Surgery LLC in Manhattan, for deceptive practices that scammed patients out of thousands through false advert…

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Assemblymember Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) and Community Board 11 are teaming up to spread holiday cheer by hosting a Holiday Toy Drive.Donations will benefit needy and hospitalized children.

A bill submitted by outgoing City Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) would require residential landlords with more than 10 units to provide free internet; and would require the city to subsidize some landlords’ conversions.Kallos’ bill was r…

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Gov. Hochul and city officials have decided not to wait for the Omicron variant of Covid-19 to be detected in New York State.On Friday, Nov. 26, Hochul, under her emergency powers, signed a declaration to allow the Department of Heath to limi…

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Three Queens men took a page out of Danny Ocean’s book and orchestrated an “elaborate ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ style plot” to rob a West Babylon warehouse of hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise, the Queens District Attorney’s Office said.…

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The state Attorney General’s Office has secured $5.1 million against Park Avenue Stem Cell Clinic, an assumed name for Image Plastic Surgery LLC in Manhattan, for deceptive practices that scammed patients out of thousands through false advert…

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Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village), seldom at a loss for disagreements with Mayor de Blasio, is accusing the outgoing chief executive of fanning the flames that led to a riot in Middle Village and Maspeth last Friday night that rested i…

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Two days after the 2021 general election, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) pointed out that communities heavily populated by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders voted in favor of Republican candidates.“Our party better start giving more of a s*…

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Queens parents are divided in yet another policy debate that comes after 11th-hour announcements from Mayor de Blasio.Almost a year ago, officials announced that they would end all “geographic screens” or priorities that give preference to st…